Week Five (June 11 – June 18)
Esitmated Due Date: February 11th, 2013
Symptoms: Muscle pulls in my abdomen, exhausted, moody, feeling like someone pierced me “up there” while I was sleeping, the beginnings of nausea, lower immune system as I’ve caught my first cold since this past winter, and headaches.
Body Changes: Extra booby and I swear I can feel the top of my uterus. I think it’s time to start those weekly photos!
Cravings: Savory, savory, savory…and sour! I had some delicious homemade pickles at our end of work BBQ on Thursday and I nearly died. They were that good!
High Point: Well, though it has very little to do with pregnancy, it was pretty great I could feel miserable at home as school is officially off until the end of August! And I was pretty excited after a few days of telephone tag I was able to schedule two appointments with All About Women and will be seeing them at the beginning and middle of July. I’m feeling a lot better about my prospects, though I did have a bit of a nightmare last night about having to have another c-section 😦
Low Point: This week I felt extra emotional. Not sure why, just very weepy and on edge. Part of me feels very silly for feeling this way, but another part wishes the people I’m around most would be a bit more understanding. I mean, I’m not intentionally being an emotional mess…I just am right now. Understanding would be appreciated.
Paranoid Moment: I’ve been surprisingly unparanoid this week. I’ve started to relax and have accepted that I am, in fact, pregnant and, hopefully, will stay that way until a healthy baby is ready to be born. I mean, I do still worry that I’ll go for my first ultrasound and there will be nothing to see, but as it stands right now, I have no reason to think that will be case.
What I did to prepare this week: I finally got in touch with All About Women and got those appointments scheduled. I also started looking at maternity clothes/accessories as I’ll probably need real maternity clothes this time since I’ll be, you know, going in public (unlike in my first pregnancy, where I became a hermit and just watched a lot of Law and Order). I also started reading The Pregnancy Book which is awesome and I highly reccomend it to expecting mommies. It has far less of the doom and gloom of “What to Expect” while still providing great information. I do think it’s missing the extra information on fetal development, but I have Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week, so that supplements what the book is missing. Also, it’s a tad bit dated, since it was written in ’97 and does repeatedly say, “The ’90s are a great time to have a baby!” This totally cracked me up since, really, there are women who could read this book and have been born themselves in the ’90s. I mean, I was born in ’88! However, that’s not say it’s not true. I’ll have to ask my mom if the ’90s is the lost decade of great childbirth experiences…
Also, I have a tentative plan of how this whole birth thing will go down, or at least who will be there. Namely, I will not be having a midwife, as far as I know, present. I will be utilizing the supplementary care provided by The Birth House in Bridgton (got to schedule an appointment, in fact). I will be having a doula. I plan to deliver, as it stands now (I may change my mind, or circumstances may change it for me), I’d like to deliver with a OB from All About Women at Mercy Hospital. I will be taking birth classes through The Birth House in Bridgton. I’m hoping this is the right combination to lead me to a successful and fulfilling and safe birthing experience for me, my baby, and my family.
What’s going on “in there”: The folks of BabyCenter say: “Deep in your uterus your embryo is growing at a furious pace. At this point, he’s about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. He’s now made up of three layers — the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm — which will later form all of his organs and tissues.
The neural tube — from which your baby’s brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout — is starting to develop in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also give rise to his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel.
His heart and circulatory system begin to form in the middle layer, or mesoderm. (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.) The mesoderm will also form your baby’s muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous (under skin) tissue.
The third layer, or endoderm, will house his lungs, intestines, and rudimentary urinary system, as well as his thyroid, liver, and pancreas. In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already on the job.”